Zella Dobbs
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Zella Dobbs
  • June 29, 1920 - October 7, 2016
  • Andover, Illinois

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Zella Adelia Dobbs, 96, of Andover, Illinois, formerly of Creve Coeur, Illinois, passed away peacefully Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Born June 29, 1920 in Waco, Tennessee to Oscar and Pearl (Brown) Sharpe; she married Gerald D. Dobbs on February 10, 1955 in Peoria, IL and he preceded her in death on January 9, 2007 in Texas.
Also preceding in death were her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are her daughters, Sue Diamond of Andover, IL and Debbie (Chris) Rhoades of Alice, TX; five grandchildren, Don (Tammy) Diamond, Andover, Kimberly (Tom) Hepner, Orion, Dan Diamond, Coal Valley, Jason Rhoades (Rich Jones), New Braunfels, TX, and Sarah (Omar) Soliz, Corpus Christi, TX; six great grandchildren Brooke (Joe) Loving, Aledo, IL, Austin and Luke Hepner, Paige and Payton Diamond all of Orion, and Aisley Soliz, Corpus Christi; four great-great grandchildren, Kaleb, Katy, Kane, Kason; her sister, Dorothy Davis of Bloomington, IL; and her sister-in-law Frances Sharpe of East Peoria.
She worked many years as a seamstress and as a waitress. She last worked as a housekeeper at the former Holiday Inn in East Peoria; retiring in 1982. Zella loved to walk and work in the garden, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and fixing meals for family gatherings.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home, 301 Broadway St., Pekin, IL with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Seth Bowker will officiate. Burial will follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital.